Vijayawada, June 22 (INN): Assuring that the party would solidly stand by its rank and file in rendering sincere services to the people, YSR Congress honourary president . Y.S. Vijayamma called upon the leaders to face the local body polls with a clear strategy aimed at party victory.
Addressing the party regional meet on the forthcoming local body polls at Vijayawada on Saturday, Vijayamma recalled the words of Mahatma Gandhi that Ram Rajyam is possible only through Grama Swaraj and asked the party leaders to work in unison to bring victory to the party. She asked them to win the local body polls and work for ushering in real Grama Swaraj to the neglected villages.
A strong message should go to the people that you are all here to serve the people and you are always accessible for the people, she impressed on them.
“You should all become Sarpanchas, Upa Sarpanchas, MPTC and ZPTC members representing the party in the local body polls and you should work towards this end forgetting all misunderstandings and differences among you, if any” she told the huge gathering of leaders and activists from Krishna and West Godavari districts.
The advent of local body polls is a great opportunity to prove our party’s strength and serve the people at the grass root level, she said, adding that YSRCP is committed for serving the people sincerely.
Lashing out at the Government for violating even court directions on municipal polls and delaying the local body polls on the pretext of court judgments on reservations, Vijayamma said many of the villages and hamlets are devoid of basic facilities as Government had delayed local body polls.
With the Government not releasing any grants to them, the villages have been struggling due to continuous power cuts and jacked up power bills resulting in heavy and unbearable financial burden on them, she lamented. “Because of the Government’s unwillingness to conduct local body polls all these years, the villages have turned into centers of restlessness. The villages are denied even the basic facility of sanitation,” she said and observed: “Rs. 4000 Cr Central fund of local bodies was held up due to non-conduct of elections.”
If local body elections had been held in time, local public representatives would have solved the issues but the villages and Mandals have been denied this constitutional opportunity.
As the Government has been cunningly conducting the local body polls just ahead of the 2014 elections, party cadres should take them very seriously as a prestigious issue and defeat the designs of both Congress and TDP at the local hustings by adopting a strategic planning.
“You should particularly be aware of the possible attempts of the two parties to collude together and resort to illegalities in the voters’ lists in the polls,” she told YSRCP leaders and activists.
Accusing TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu of diverting Rs.2000 Cr of local bodies to other sectors during his regime, Vijayamma said both Congress and TDP cannot show one reason for people to vote them.
“Prices of all commodities have gone up. RTC charges were hiked thrice, fertilizer prices have gone up by 300 per cent while Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu has ended as a damp squib. With diesel, petrol and gas prices increasing and farmers being denied their free power and with all YSR welfare schemes being diluted with TDP backing, why should people vote for both of you?” she asked Congress and TDP.
She said YSRCP chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has become a victim of political conspiracy by TDP and Congress. “He has done no wrong and he will soon come out of the jail with a clean image.